Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainability

    Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainability

Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019



Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Make School
555 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Create a solution to address at least one of the UN Sustainability Development Goals!

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “sanfranciscosustainability@startupweekend.org”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

No talk, all action!

1st Place:
- Free admission to Founder Institute's accelerator program
- 30% participation fee discount for Cleantech Open's accelerator program - the winning team still needs to apply and be admitted to the program 
- Waived application fee for Cleantech Open.
- 1 hour of expert product consultation with Matthew Wardenaar to discuss Business Strategy, Market Validation, and Pitch Deck Reviews.  
- 1 hour of free product/business consulting with Phil Li, Head of Product at CityBldr.
- 1 free public speaking coaching session with Juliette Devillard.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Nils-Michael Langenborg, CEO at Whole Health Marketing.
- 1 hour of free startup consulting with Ryan Kushner, The Accelerator Guy.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Sumeet Sandhu.
- 1 hour of free consulting with Sean Anayah, Associate at PlaceWorks.
- An invitation for one team member to attend our Startup Catalyst's Future Founders mission official dinner, in addition to some selected events from the Startup Catalyst Future Founders mission schedule in 2020 (dates TBD).
- 6 months of free, unlimited licenses to use across Zendesk products (Suite, Sell, or Sunshine).
- Consideration to receive pro bono legal services with law firms in the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Initiative. Consideration will be based on type of entity structure, meeting the Initiative's eligibility criteria, and law firm approval.

2nd Place:
- Waived application fee for Cleantech Open.
- 1 hour of expert product consultation with Matthew Wardenaar to discuss Business Strategy, Market Validation, and Pitch Deck Reviews.  
- 1 hour of free product/business consulting with Phil Li, Head of Product at CityBldr.
- 1 free public speaking coaching session with Juliette Devillard.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Nils-Michael Langenborg, CEO at Whole Health Marketing.
- 1 hour of free startup consulting with Ryan Kushner, The Accelerator Guy.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Sumeet Sandhu.
- 1 hour of free consulting with Sean Anayah, Associate at PlaceWorks.
- 6 months of free, unlimited licenses to use across Zendesk products (Suite, Sell, or Sunshine).
- Consideration to receive pro bono legal services with law firms in the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Initiative. Consideration will be based on type of entity structure, meeting the Initiative's eligibility criteria, and law firm approval.

3rd Place:
- Waived application fee for Cleantech Open.
- 1 hour of expert product consultation with Matthew Wardenaar to discuss Business Strategy, Market Validation, and Pitch Deck Reviews.  
- 1 hour of free product/business consulting with Phil Li, Head of Product at CityBldr.
- 1 free public speaking coaching session with Juliette Devillard.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Nils-Michael Langenborg, CEO at Whole Health Marketing.
- 1 hour of free startup consulting with Ryan Kushner, The Accelerator Guy.
- 1 hour of free product/service/business consulting with Sumeet Sandhu.
- 1 hour of free consulting with Sean Anayah, Associate at PlaceWorks.
- 6 months of free, unlimited licenses to use across Zendesk products (Suite, Sell, or Sunshine).
- Consideration to receive pro bono legal services with law firms in the Lawyers for a Sustainable Economy Initiative. Consideration will be based on type of entity structure, meeting the Initiative's eligibility criteria, and law firm approval.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday December 6th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday December 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Andi Trindle Mersch
Director of Coffee and Sustainability

Andi Trindle Mersch is Director of Coffee and Sustainability with Philz Coffee. In these roles, she oversees coffee sourcing and quality and leads companywide sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Philz in 2014, Ms. Trindle Mersch held a variety of responsibilities throughout more than 25 years in specialty coffee. She has published numerous trade journal articles and lectured nationally and internationally on many topics in the coffee sector and more recently in sustainability. She has held a number of leadership and board roles within the broader specialty coffee industry and is currently serving on the Food 4 Farmers Board of Directors.

Event Judges


Andrea Nocito
Associate Attorney

Corporate attorney 2 years, sustainability consultant 10 years.


Coaches and Mentors


Andi Trindle Mersch
Director of Coffee and Sustainability

Andi Trindle Mersch is Director of Coffee and Sustainability with Philz Coffee. In these roles, she oversees coffee sourcing and quality and leads companywide sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Philz in 2014, Ms. Trindle Mersch held a variety of responsibilities throughout more than 25 years in specialty coffee. She has published numerous trade journal articles and lectured nationally and internationally on many topics in the coffee sector and more recently in sustainability. She has held a number of leadership and board roles within the broader specialty coffee industry and is currently serving on the Food 4 Farmers Board of Directors.


Matt Eggers
Investor

Biotech investor and executive for 10 years followed by Cleantech executive for last 15 years; cleantech angel investor for 5 years; investor at $1.1B cleantech fund.


Alice Liu
Co-Founder & COO

I'm currently the co-founder and COO of Thesis (https://thesis.bike), a direct-to-consumer bicycle brand that’s challenging a very traditional industry through a transparent approach to product, ultra-lean supply chain, economic empowerment for local bike shops, and radical inclusion. I feel privileged to be part of a team that rapidly reached six figures of revenue within the first three months of sales, earned a Net Promoter Score of 90, garnered strong press, and built a great product recognized as one of the Top 5 Gravel Race Bikes of 2019 by Gravelstoke.

Throughout my career, I’ve helped build a National Geographic TV series, served as chief of staff for an impact investing firm, managed marketing for an award-winning homelessness nonprofit, and managed strategic engagements with a hypergrowth tech company featured on Forbes's Next Billion Dollar Startups. I also led the 3,000 member environmental meetup San Francisco Green Drinks and am a StartingBloc Fellow and ProInspire Fellow. I’ve been privileged to work with folks from all walks of life, from homeless individuals to ultra-high-net-worth investors. I have extensive experience in strategic relationship management with companies like Airbnb, Estee Lauder, Getty Images, Macy’s, and Michael Kors. I've also spent years producing thoughtful, high-profile events and building vibrant communities. I'm intrigued by people and how they make decisions, relate to each other, and shape their lives.


Thomas Del Monte
Attorney

Business attorney with startup founding leadership experience in the and hardware equipment development experience.


James Bourque
Founder

Manager, Founder, and Entrepreneur, I've held leadership roles in a variety of industries, including hospitality, commercial real estate & construction, and venture capital. Currently building an access management system on Ethereum to enable better distributed computing.


Josefine Strandgaard
Advisor

Josefine works at the consulate of Denmark where she support innovation through knowledge exchange between Denmark and Silicon Valley. She have a background working with start ups as well as a education in sustainable design engineering.


Sean Anayah
Associate Project Manager

Mr. Anayah is a consultant with experience coordinating and delivering projects throughout California. His primary interests include environmental hazard and risk assessments for infrastructure projects, sustainable project design, environmental impact minimization and mitigation, environmental compliance, sustainable leadership, and innovative solutions for renewable energy proliferation. In the past several years, Mr. Anayah has participated in several sustainability related activities relevant to entrepreneurship and ideation -- including as a participant in Climate-KIC, Climathons, Sustainable Start Up Weekend, among others. Most recently, Mr. Anayah completed his master’s thesis on the pyrolysis of biomass for energy recovery which he has published in the international Journal of Renewable Energy.


Nils-Michael Langenborg
President & CEO

No matter how big or small your business is, as long as you're passionate about people, planet and prosperity, we want to collaborate with you.

It's Doing Well By Doing Good™


Leana Keto
Venture Leader

Leana Keto is a Venture Leader with the Creative Destruction Lab in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to joining CDL, she spent 15 years in the energy industry in the United States and Canada with Schlumberger and Husky Energy. With a background in project management, she is passionate about innovation and emerging technologies in oil & gas, cleantech and power.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Sustainability team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend San Francisco is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Daniel
    Kriozere
  • Zach
    Rizk
  • Wyatt
    Thompson
  • Ethan
    Moengchaisong
  • Austin
    Ju
  • Muhaimin
    Khan

Facilitators


Kris Riley
Director of Partners

Just another entrepreneur trying to take over the world one idea at a time. 

Kris has 3+ years experience organizing Startup Weekend events. His expertise is in payments, e-commerce, hospitality technology, product strategy, and positioning. He's started 2 businesses and is working on his 3rd currently. 

I love the startup world and mentoring/helping people mold their ideas into MVPs and eventually into validated businesses. The magic is in helping them realize that an idea needs legs to grow. And these legs are built out of involvement, sharing and doing. Let's go! 


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